About BCSPI

Purchasing that benefits people, planet and community

Purpose

To support local government and institutions to implement social procurement best practices to build community well-being and resilience.

Vision

To improve the health of our communities and the strength of our economies by changing the culture of public sector procurement.

Mission

We work with local governments and institutions in B.C. to build capacity through training, consulting, and support to implement purchasing that achieves community goals.

Are the dollars you spend benefiting your local community?

In British Columbia, local governments and other large purchasers spend billions of dollars each year on goods, services and infrastructure projects. By incorporating social procurement practices this purchasing power could support the local economy, mitigate climate change, contribute to reconciliation, and provide many additional community benefits.

Social procurement is a growing best practice that aligns procurement spend to provide added value and community benefits. The British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative (BCSPI) aims to take this best practice thinking and approach, and help build a more resilient and more inclusive Province.

Making public sector procurement manageable and achievable

BCSPI makes social procurement implementation manageable and achievable by adding capacity with step-by-step coaching, training, templates, and examples to support the heavy lifting involved in implementing new organizational practices and procedures. By mobilizing their existing spending to create social value, BCSPI members are unlocking the doors to stronger and more resilient local economies by changing the culture of public sector procurement.

Impact at a Glance

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Annual Impact Report 2021/2022

Read BCSPI’s first Annual Impact Report to learn how our members are turning public spending into measurable community benefits. 

Annual Impact Report 2021/2022

Read BCSPI’s first Annual Impact Report to learn how our members are turning public spending into measurable community benefits. 

BCSPI governance

BCSPI is a public sector initiative governed by a steering committee made up of elected officials and staff at which all local government members are invited to sit. The steering committee meets quarterly and oversees the work of the initiative. Quarterly steering committee reports are available to all members via the BCSPI member portal.

BCSPI Co-chair Vickey Brown, Mayor, Village of Cumberland

Vickey Brown

Mayor, Village of Cumberland
Co-Chair, BCSPI Steering Committee

BCSPI Co-chair Jenna Stoner - Councillor, District of Squamish

Jenna Stoner

Councillor, District of Squamish
Co-Chair, BCSPI Steering Committee

BCSPI project delivery team

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Kristi Fairholm Mader

Project Manager

Kristi is Co-Founding Director at Scale Collaborative and the Project Manager for BCSPI. Kristi is a skilled educator and facilitator and will support the team to deliver services and training to procurement officials, suppliers and contractors, and develop timely resources to move social procurement forward.

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Robert Fisher

Project coordinator

Rob leads project coordination for BCSPI and supports a number of initiatives at Scale Collaborative. He has fifteen years of experience managing, developing and delivering programs for federal and provincial governments in the UK, US and Canada.

TORi Williamson

Training and Education Coordinator

Tori leads training and education coordination for BCSPI. As Director of Education & Consulting at Buy Social Canada, she spearheads engagement and consulting, working across the social procurement ecosystem.

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Emma Renaerts

Training and Education Support

Emma supports the delivery and coordination of training and education for BCSPI. As Communications Manager at Buy Social Canada,  she highlights the possibilities of a social value marketplace both online and through community collaboration, using her skills as a journalist and communicator to foster dialogue and raise awareness about innovative solutions to today’s pressing issues.

ROBYN WELSH

Communications Support

Robyn supports public outreach and communications for BCSPI. At Scale Collaborative, Robyn implements data-driven communications strategies across Scale’s associated programs, initiatives and brands. Robyn is a journalism graduate who has worked in newsrooms, advertising and public relations agency environments, and on multiple small teams working toward creating positive community impacts. 

Anthony Jeffery

Procurement Specialist and Coach

Anthony has worked for both federal and municipal governments in Australia and Canada, specializing in creating and delivering strategic procurement programs and services. He has experience implementing social and sustainable procurement in a wide range of project scenarios and will provide consultation support.

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Rory Kulmala

Procurement Specialist and Coach

Rory is CEO at Vancouver Island Construction Association and has accreditation as an Applied Science Technologist and a Project Management Professional. Rory will provide leadership in supporting contractors to respond to and integrate social procurement outcomes within the construction sector.

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David LePage

Procurement Specialist and Coach

David is Managing Partner at Buy Social Canada and has been a pioneer in social procurement dating back to his 2003 exploration of demand side models through the Social Purchasing Portal, and for the last five years has worked significantly with multiple jurisdictions of varying levels of size and population. David will provide education, training and coaching to procurement officials.

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